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Are we really teaching reading? 3 areas to integrate into reading lessons: Extensive Reading Reading Fluency Development Speed Reading Repeat Reading Intensive Reading Questions to think about: What type of reading do learners experience in class? What is missing from my reading lessons? How has today's lesson helped learners tomorrow? Do students get a sense … Continue reading Some CamTESOL 2018 takeaways
At the end of the previous lesson, in pairs students wrote a dialogue trying to incorporate some language from a listening text. The phrases in question were: Oh you know, same old same old How do you mean? By the way, In terms of what exactly? After all I was wondering if you could… … Continue reading Noticing the difference: dialogue reformulation and peer teaching
An alternative board race with translation. Works in monolingual classes. Not essential that the teacher speaks students' language. Good for checking meaning and vocabulary review. Procedure: Put students into teams and play a board race to write a list of recently studied language: 2. Ask students to then write the translation next to each item: … Continue reading L2-L1-L2 board race translations
Coming to the end of an advanced reading and writing EAP course, it’s good to take stock of useful reading activities to accompany the coursebook. Annotating the text A colleague got me onto this simple and effective activity. Students read and annotate the text with comments, symbols, questions, markings, and highlights. All of this … Continue reading Reading activities for when you are using a coursebook to teach EAP
The lexical approach vs the grammar syllabus. How are we supposed to know where to even begin "teaching lexically"? There are some fundamental questions in the middle of this post relating to the principles (or lack of them) of approaching teaching and learning from a lexis / chunks first perspective. There are no answers at … Continue reading Scheffler on The Lexical Approach
Reading Support Worksheets
Much is said in published literature about the necessity of EAP students reading authentic academic texts, and also about providing scaffolding and support for them to do so. I believe lecturers and academic tutors teaching their subject content in English and/or on a CLIL-based approach will also need to help students digest the readings for their classes.
Still, I often hear complaints from teachers that they set preparatory reading, but then found in the lesson that students were unable to discuss or work with the ideas from the reading, despite their claims that they did actually read the text.
One way I’ve found to help students engage with the texts they are asked to read, then, is what I call ‘Reading Support Worksheets’.
Reading Support Worksheets can help students to focus on the parts of a text or the ideas and concepts mentioned, so that they are better prepared to discuss…
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